Lakewood OH

Police beats – Jan. 26, 2011


Shocking scam

            Officers are investigating the appearance of a phony Illuminating Company worker in a Narragansett Lane home Friday evening.

            Police said the homeowner called them saying her housesitter had alerted her to the presence of the phony inspector after discovering the woman, who claimed she was inspecting interior outlets. The woman claimed to have the homeowner’s permission, and cited her by name.

            However, when the housesitter called the homeowner, she said there were no scheduled inspections. The would-be inspector was described as a white female, early to mid-20s, about 5 foot 5 inches, medium build with dark shoulder-length brown hair. She had a red jacket, tongue piercing and possible nose ring. She was picked up from the home by a white male, in his early to mid 20s with shorter brown hair, driving a red or maroon pickup truck. Nothing was reported missing.

Cold cash caper

            A Russell Road resident had $400 taken from her purse after she let two people claiming to be from AT&T into her home Friday evening because it was cold out.

            Police said the duo sat at the woman’s dining room table, where the woman’s purse was located, describing a product to her, while the homeowner cooked in the kitchen. The duo spoke for several minutes before leaving.

            About 45 minutes after they left, the homeowner told police she found the $400 missing from the wallet in her purse. One man was described a white male, about 5 foot 8 inches, 150 pounds, wearing a brown winter jacket and jeans. His partner was described as a black male, about 6 foot tall, 200 pounds, wearing a black winter jacket and white gloves with spots.

            Officers warn people to check identifications and call if they have doubts if someone is from a police department or municipal agency.

 In the bag

            A 50-year-old man is facing public intoxication charges after he police said he had a few drinks on the way home from grocery shopping Jan. 16.

            Police said a motorist called them at about 4:39 p.m., saying a man had fallen near Bradley Bay Nursing Home. A check showed the man had gone grocery shopping at Giant Eagle and had decided to walk home after stopping for some alcoholic beverages before heading home. He was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.


Car, driver both tipsy

            Around 10 p.m. Jan. 12, Fairview Park Police and their North Olmsted counterparts responded to a motor vehicle accident on I-480 near the border between the two cities. According to police, when the vehicle drifted into heavy snow near the Clague Road exit ramp, the driver overcorrected and rolled his car over.

            Officers arrived to find the car sitting on its side, with the driver trying to push it over to get it upright. The 32-year-old Olmsted Township driver was not hurt, but police said he was intoxicated. After Fairview Park Police took him into custody, he refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to the incident report. He was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and later released on bond to a sober relative.

Jewel thieves

            A security alarm drew police to Schreibman Jewelers, 21679 Lorain Road, around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 15. Officers found the front door smashed in along with several glass counters inside the store.

            No suspects were found at the scene, but police collected fingerprints and blood samples. The store owner was preparing a list of missing merchandise, and detectives are investigating.


Converter cutoffs

            Police are investigating the theft of catalytic converters from four vehicles overnight between Jan. 16 and 17.

            Three vehicles in the Clareshire Apartments had them cut off, while another in the Victoria Plaza lot also had one removed. Vehicles hit in the Clareshire incident included a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu, 2001 Jeep Laredo and 2003 Jeep Laredo. A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu was the victim in Victoria Plaza.

Not a bar

            An area man is facing theft charges after Marc’s workers told police he took a six-pack of Bud Light off a shelf Thursday, then allegedly drank three of them in a store restroom.

            Store workers said the man had gone into the restroom, then left after finishing the trio of beers. When confronted by officers, police said the man told them he has done it before, usually finishing several beers in the restroom and then hiding the others and leaving without paying.

            Police found outstanding warrants from both North Olmsted and the Rocky River departments.

A cold caper

            A woman who Macy’s security told police took nearly $200 in men’s cold-weather clothing and undergarments Jan. 17 is facing theft charges.

            Police said they were alerted to the situation after the woman was stopped trying to leave the store. Store security watched her on security cameras after being alerted to her by their Dillard’s counterparts. Security said she had gone into fitting rooms with garments, then left without them in sight.

            Police said the items were found on the woman.


Catch me if you can

            On Monday at about 1:42 a.m., officers were pursuing three males on foot through the Old Detroit Road area. One was found to have a county felony warrant for carrying a concealed weapon and probation violation. The individual took off and led police on a chase, which ended up in the Yacht Club basin. After a few hours of searching, officers were unable to find the man.

They’re baaack

            After a downturn in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles, police have noticed resurgence. About 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 21, two of the converters were reported stolen from a pair of vehicles outside an apartment complex on Hilliard Road. The thieves take the items and sell them for scrap due to the content of platinum. Catalytic converters are responsible for cleaning auto emissions.

Traffic stop

            Also on Jan. 21, police stopped an illegal alien driving through the city. The male was arrested and released to the boarder patrol.


Quick change

            Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Detroit Road lost $150 in a quick-change theft the night of Jan. 15, police said. The suspect is a black man in his late 20s, 5 foot 11 inches, with a thin build, according to police. He was wearing a baseball cap with a script letter “D.”

            The suspect allegedly made a series of small purchases using a $50 bill, which police say is a typical ploy intended to confuse employees. 

Teen shoplifters

            Three 14-year-old North Olmsted girls were arrested in connection with a shoplifting incident at Crocker Park Jan. 16.

            H&M store security personnel detained the three after they allegedly exited a dressing room with fewer items than they took in. Police said they recovered a total of $322 in merchandise from three area stores.

            The three were charged with receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools for using their purses to conceal the stolen items. All were later released to their parents.  

Domestic violence on wheels

            An Isuzu SUV on Hilliard Boulevard was the site of an alleged domestic violence incident the morning of Jan. 18.

            A 31-year-old Lorain man was driving when he and his 24-year-old fiancée reportedly got into an argument. The woman struck the man with her fist, causing scratches near both of his ears, according to police. The Lorain woman was arrested and charged with domestic violence. She was released on her own recognizance the next day, and a temporary protection order was issued.

 Parking lot mischief

            A 16-year-old Westlake boy faces charges of criminal damaging and disorderly conduct in juvenile court after he allegedly broke the mirror and dented a door on a 2008 Dodge car Jan. 18. The victim estimates repairs will cost between $700 and $900, police said.

            According to the incident report, a witness saw him tampering with the car in a parking lot at Dover Center Road and Hilliard Boulevard. The suspect was subsequently identified by another officer, who had earlier warned him about impeding traffic in the same parking lot.



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